Hickory Nut Mountain Road

Royal, Arkansas (Garland County)

Last Updated: 07/24/2020
4.4 / 5 ( 9 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 6.12 miles
Highest Elevation: 1142 feet
Duration: About 45 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Royal
Nearest Town w/ Services: Royal
Official Road Name: 47
Management Agency: Ouachita National Forest
District: Womble Ranger District


Highlight: Hickory Nut Mountain Road
Located just 20 miles west of Hot Springs is a beautiful overlook of Lake Ouachita. This is an excellent Sunday drive with a little excitement on the way to the top of Hickory Nut Mountain Vista. It starts off as a leisurely stroll down a gravel road with amazing Arkansas scenery. About halfway when it turns off the main road is where it gets a little more interesting. At this point, the terrain is slightly rougher. The view from the top on a clear day is nothing short of amazing and definitely worth the trek up there. There is dispersed tent camping just down from the overlook and hiking and mountain biking trails are nearby if one is feeling adventurous.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
This is the beginning of the trail. Going straight approximately 1/4 Mile instead of turning left on to the trailhead leads directly to Crystal Springs campgrounds.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Royal, Arkansas

Starting from the US-270/N Crystal Springs Road Intersection. Travel 1.8 miles turn left onto Hickory Nut Mountain Road/Forest Road 47. This is the trailhead.



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Derek Shoptaw

I am an Arkansas native that has a passion for exploring the roads less traveled, turning wrenches, getting dirty and having fun. I drive a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and enjoy finding and sharing with others what is in their own back yard. For some reason, most people think they have to plan some extravagant trip for it to be an adventure. While I don't want to take anything away from an extravagant trip out of state, an epic offroad adventure could be right down the road if you know where to look. I try to find these places and share them with others. It isn't always necessary to travel out of state in order to have a good time. In my opinion the great state of Arkansas offers everything a person could want if you know where to find it. I have an off-road Facebook page I call Offroad Testament, I'm also on Instagram and YouTube as Offroad Testament. Please take a moment to look them up and see what I'm about. Be safe, have fun and Happy Trailing✌️
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